Horse box towing

Afternoon All

Question for my Landy loving friends

Now whilst I know a bit about tyres, I don.t know about towing horses

Problem is current tyre size 235/85R16 = chewed up grass when pulling a heavily loaded twin wheel horse box across a wet field using a couple of year old SWB Defender. Would a 265/75r16 help? Also, would it grip with a 80% Road 20% off road tyre and leave less mess? Also is it driver error? They used to have a newish (then) D2 with road tyres on and it did the job leaving no trail. I understand they are completely different animals so does the driving style need adjusting?


Any suggestions


Rich series 2A

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7 thoughts on “Horse box towing”

  1. Well with the 235 over the 265 you have more bite to dig into the terrain as you have a smaller surface area but with the bigger surface area of the 265 your better off where you don’t want to bite into the surface as you have increased the surface area so with the 265 your less likely to damage the grass I would think it would be fine though

    Hope it makes sense

  2. As Tom says but check the pressures that the current tyres are set at – hard tyres will cut in and cause much more damage than softer ones which will deform to give a larger footprint and lower ground pressure.
    Tell them also to stick it in low box and adopt a ‘high gear, low revs’ to reduce wheelspin and to check the brakes aren’t binding on the horsebox which will make it harder to tow!

    1. I have absolutely no issues towing our large twin axle horsebox on all terrains, the General Grabber ATs (the fancy tread pattern) have excellent on/off road characteristics and have good self cleaning properties compared to other all terrains that I have used in the past, I swear by them!

  3. A D2 & a 90 (new or old) are two totally different tow cars irrespective of what tyres are used.
    It is my view that a 90 is too short & light to be comfortable towing anything that heavy. I know their tow limit is the same but a heavier tow car won’t be pushed around as much & will transmit it’s power to the wheels far better than a light car trying to pull a heavy load across a field.
    With a 90’s rear coil suspension under load from the nose weight of the trailer, it will unload the front axle weight & loose traction. The newer smaller engine might not be as heavy as the old ones, compounding the problem.
    As for tyres…. too wide on wet grass & you’ll just sit spinning, too narrow & they’ll sink but possibly grip more. I now have general grabber at’s on my d2 which I’ve yet to try in the mud but the old pirreli scorpions were impressive with 3t on the back on muddy fields. To try & make up for the 90’s light weight a decent set of tyres might make a big difference.
    As for driving style, unfortunately to get traction control (which I’m presuming they have?) to work you have to spin a wheel 🙁
    Hope this helps.

  4. Thanks Rog
    Great advice, I did suspect some “driver” shortcomings – I have found out that they weren’t using low range, nor diff lock! I stupidly thought someone with experience would know how to drive, but evidently not!
    Hopefully soon we will have a positive out come with all this fantastic advice, so cheers


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